Saturday, November 8, 2008

Trainers' YOGA Experience

Purpose of Life is to Live in Bliss! YOGA SHOWS THE WAY!

Niru & Sudhir Parikh 169 Daniel Plummer Road, Goffstown NH 03045 603-623-1930
603-661-7101 (Cell) e-mail: http://

Teaching Yoga for over 18 Years. Since 1990.

Training & Experience:

1. Ramdev YOGA – Practiced Daily over 40 days from 5 to 8 in the morning covering over 5, six – days YOGA camps on TV. (Home study) in Jan to to-date 2008
2. Master's degree in Yoga education granted by The High-Tech Yoga Institute of America, Lowell MA November 2006
3. Swami Vivekananda Kendra, VYASA ( Bangalore, India.
A. Certified Trainer for SMET in 2002 (Self Management for Excessive Tension!)
Two weeks Program. 5 AM till 10 PM every day.
B. Certified Yoga Instructors Certification Course (YICC - 1999) – One month's intensive Training Program, starting at 5 AM till 10 PM everyday.
C. Have trained 12 candidates for YICC – (YOGA Instructor) Training in USA.
D. Trained for advanced techniques such as SMET ( in 2002), PET (Pranic Energization Technique in 2003) , MSRT ( Mind Sound Resonance in 2003).
E. Boston Coordinators for Yoga Therapy for Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Low Back Pain and Knee Pain. & First YICC Program in 2001.
4. Yoga Training @ Ananda Ashram, Monroe NY under direct guidance of Guruji Brahmananda Sarswati (Dr. Ramamurti Mishra) and his students.
5. Trained with Yogi Hari of Ft. Lauderdale FL (Shivananda Yoga) one intensive week per year for five years. Yogiji also introduced Asthanga Yoga - Pratabhi Jois way.
6. Self studied Vinyasa (Flow of Movements) Yoga.
7. SSY - Siddha Samadhi Yoga - 100 hours of Training in 1998 in Sadhu Vaswani Center.
8. ART of LIVING - Basic Training – Twice 2002-03 20 Hrs each. Advance 4 – days Course – 2005.
9. Kriya Yoga with Yogi Satyam – One week.
10. Pranic Healing Training: Basic/Advance/Psycho Therapy. Crystal Healing and Psychic Defense, Arhatic Meditation (Prep Level) w/ Master Hector, Arhatic Meditation Retreat & Kriya Shakti & "OM Mani Padme Hum" Meditation Course with Grand Master Choa Kok Sui himself.

We offer the following Trainings in affiliation with SVYASA UNIVERSITY
SVYASA - (Swami Vivekananda Research Foundation, Banglore India)

1. YOGA Instructors Certification Course– 100 Hours Training. (Trained 12 Instructors.)
2. We also offer 25 hours Intensive Practical Yoga Training. (Offered 13 times.)
3. Mini Workshops of 4 - 5 Hour for any of these ailments - Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis, Low Back Pain and Knee Pain. (One three weeks Training in 2001, Mini - seven)
4. 10 Hours Workshop on SMET - Stress Management for Excessive Tension. (Five)

Also 5. Ramdev’s YOGA Program: 6 – 2.5 hours daily consecutive sessions from 2008
Also 6. We have been offering Public & Private Bhajan - Kirtan Program for over 22 Years.

Unity in Diversity!

1. Every Sat morning @ 8 to 10 AM & Mon Evening @ 8 – 9:30 PM in SATSANG Center, 1 Pleasant St. WOBURN MA 01801 Offered for 5 + Years
2. Every Sunday Morning @ 8:30 (2 Hrs.) in Sadhu Vaswani Center, 1827 Bridge St. DRACUT MA Offered over 5 Years.
3. Offered up to 4 weekly classes from 1990 to 1998 in OSRAM Sylvania Hillsboro NH with Adult Education System in Hillsboro NH.


Some Details and Cost of our Programs:

1. YOGA Instructors Certification Course in Affiliation with sVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Research Foundation, Banglore India) – 100 Hours Training COST: $500/-

A. Practical Training – 50- to 60 HOURS Program which emphasizes Practical Training: includes 26 Basic Asanas, Structured Pranayam, OM & Cyclic Meditation, Kriyas such as Neti, Trataka (Eyes), Vaman Dhauti, Shankha Prakhshalan (Basti) & Related Yoga Theories.
B. Video Instructions of some 25 - 30 Hours on topics such as Happiness Analysis, Unity in Diversity – Streams of YOGA, Bhakti YOGA, Karma YOGA, Gyan YOGA and Raja YOGA Mantras and so on.
C. Project – 25 Pages Type written Report on any YOGA related Topics.
D. Presentation by VYASA Staff - 5 to 10 Hours
E. Written Exam, Practical Exam and Project Presentation.
F. 30 Hours of Field Work

2. PPH – Promotion of Positive Training: We also offer 20 - 25 hours Intensive Practical Yoga Training COST: - $125 .

3. YOGA THERAPY WORKSHOP for any of these ailments, Such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis, Low Back Pain and Knee Pain. Cost: $50

4. 10 Hours Workshop on SMET - Stress Management for Excessive Tension & Structured Pranayam: COST: $75

COST Includes any related material, Printed, Audio – Video Cassettes.

COST is negotiable for groups.

Details on Timing has to be worked. Most of this training will take place over the weekends including Fridays and Mondays.

For any further clarification, please contact:

Niru & Sudhir Parikh 169 Daniel Plummer Road, Goffstown NH 03045 Home: 603-623-1930, Cell - PCS 603-661-7101 e-mail:

Friday, October 17, 2008

OM Shantih OM - OM Peace OM

OM Shantih OM!

Make this your Mantra. Man - Mind, Tra - Protection. One that protects the mind ITI Mantraha ....... is Mantra .....

When chanting this Mantra aloud a few times a day, feel that Shantih, all pervading throughtout each & every cell of your Body and experience that all pervasive Peace....

Then Mentally chant for same length of time and feel the depth of Peaceful feeling ...

then be silent .... no chanting and experience the Depth of that silence .....

Synchronize the whole experience with Breathing ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

OM Shantih OM!

God bless U! In blessing .... In Pure - Peaceful - All pervading, Briliant Liquid Crystle Healing Light ...... Just Immerse ...................

000000OOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmm ....................

Friday, June 13, 2008

Autism Sprctrum Disorder - YOGA Conference

Sadhu Vaswani Center & NATARAJA YOGA Center offer
YOGA Conference on AUTISM (ASD)
based upon Research by by N.V. Raghuram
International Co-ordinator for sVYASA – Yoga Research Foundation
/ Vivekananda YOGA University, Banglore India.
For a detailed profile:

June 30th 1. Mon 4 Hrs 12 noon to 4 PM
2. Mini Conf: 7 to 9:30 PM

July 1st 3. 7 to 9:30 PM

Introduction to SMET (Stress Mgmt for Excessive Tension)

Stress Mgmt. also known as SMET & Cyclic Meditation, is the SPECIAL sequence of gentle asana - postures intertwined with relaxations techniques.

Practice offers relxation 2 to 3 times what we get from normal sleep.This is introductory session. Any group wishing wishing to have training for their people, we can offer 5 - days Program.

4. Day Time is OPEN for working Directly with Children with Autism or Developmental Disabilities. Please contact us to arrange ...

FOR More Details on Conference:

1827 Bridge Street, DRACUT MA 01826
For Direction:

(5. Note: June 30th Mini Conf. from 8 to 10 AM in Manchester NH)
For Direction to Manchester NH

Gratefully Appreciate your Heartfelt Generous Contribution*
Teachers, support staff, parents, and caregivers are welcome.

Organizers & YOGA Teachers:

1. Sudhir Parikh, Nataraja YOGA Center 603-623-1930 / 603-661-7101 Cell

2. John Featherstone 978-355-2320

*MassYoga Network’s Karma Yoga Grant Program contributed to this conference.

YOGA for Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are very happy to offer Conference on YOGA for Autism Syndrome Disorders.

Research is done by
1. Psychological & Neurological aspects of Yoga,
2. Benefits of Yoga to Children 3. Mental functions of Children with various practices of yoga

Findings applied to Autistic Children.


1. Reduce Psychological pressure to Caretakers and Parents
2. Children feel connected to the world & become much more responsive to the environment ....

Tentative Proposal for FULL Conference of 4 Hours: 1. Introduction - first half hour.
2. Integrative YOGA Therapy - Panca Kosha - useful model of Human personality - 1 hr theory 3. YOGA, Pranayama( Yogic Breathing Practices) and DRT (Deep Relaxation Technique) related to Autism - 1 hr practice
4. Break - 15 Mts5. Autism and yoga perspective – Theory - 1 hr6.
5. Q&A & closing remarks - 30 mts

If children can participate for one hour practice, it would be nice, otherwise let us train parents and care givers.

by N.V. Raghuram of

International Co-ordinator for sVYASA – Yoga Research Foundation
as well as Vivekananda YOGA University, Banglore India.
For a detailed profile:

Organizer & YOGA Teacher:

1. Sudhir Parikh, Nataraja YOGA Center 603-623-1930 / 603-661-7101 Cellnirusudhir22@yahoo.com John Featherstone 978-355-2320

N.V. Raghuram of

International Co-ordinator for sVYASA – Yoga Research Foundation as well as Vivekananda YOGA University, Banglore India.
Since 1978 he has been taking yoga classes, conducting spiritual retreats, Yoga therapy classes for various ailments. He has also been instrumental in training Indian astronaut Rakesh Sharma.
Raghuram has been associated with Vivekananda yoga research center (VYASA) as senior faculty since 1989. In this connection he extensively traveled several countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Romania, England in Europe, USA and Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, etc in south east Asia. In these countries he has conducted several yoga courses. He is also instrumental in starting Yoga therapy in MD Anderson Cancer research center in Houston, Stift neurological clinic in Germany and Memorial hospital in Turkey.
He is also instrumental in;
- Partnership programs with Central Michigan University in USA,
- Yoga therapy treatment courses for several ailments.
- Yoga Instructors certification programs.
- Yoga courses for personality development in children.
- Spiritual retreats, and advanced spiritual retreats.
- Conducted more than one thousand stress reduction programs called SMET in India and several countries abroad.
- Yoga therapy research projects for various aliments at medical centers in USA, UK, and Germany. Some of them are;
- Yoga therapy for bronchial asthma in association with Northern Colorado Allergy and asthma center. Ft Collins, Colorado USA.
- Yoga therapy for Rheumatoid arthritis at Middlesboro, England.
- A control study of Yoga therapy for asthmatics, at Ft Collins Colorado USA.
- Yoga therapy for chronic back pain at Bangalore India. - Yoga therapy for eating disorders patients in Los Angeles, USA.
Raghuram also,
- Published several medical research papers in medical and yoga journals and publications.
- Presented several Keynote addresses for the conference in India and abroad.
- Presented workshops and papers in several international conferences since 1990.
- Started yoga therapy work for neurological patients in a hospital at Griesbach Germany where presently twenty teachers trained by him are giving yoga therapy to patients with diseases like multiple sclerosis, ataxia and stroke etc under his guidance. This is the first hospital outside India where yoga therapy is introduced.
He is presently guiding several projects of yoga therapy for heart patients and psychotic patients etc at several places.
Mr. N.V.Raghuram is married with a son. His wife, Dr R.Nagarathna, is the chief medical director and Dean of medicine in VYASA. His Son Amrut is gifted with a unique sense of closeness with wild animals and is in Japan introducing yoga and yoga therapy in a hospital in Kagoshima in Fukuoka. At this young age he spends his holidays in deep jungle with wild animals.
For a detailed profile, please click on

DIRECTION: Manchester NH

Coming from South (Nashua- Rt. 128/495):

Take 3 North, after Nashua it becomes Everett Pike (Do not get off in Nashua). Þ After paying Toll @ the main Plaza (comes after exit #12), take second exit for 101 West (No Exit Numbers)

Coming from Boston:

Take 93 North, after exit #5 in NH, stay on left to enter 293, 101 West will join, stay on left when 293 separates on right (Do not take this), Continue on left until you come to traffic light

Coming from Concord NH:

Take Rt. 93 to 293 to 101West then follow General Direction:

General Direction:Þ Go straight on 114 North at the first Traffic Light (It comes in about a mile, and 101 West turns left here). Þ Take right at the Forth Traffic (including first one) light on to St. Anslem drive Þ Another right at the first intersection on to Daniel Plummer Road à Our Home is the sixth House on the Left (Just before the Fence).

Address: 169 Daniel Plummer Road GOFFSTOWN MH )3045

Should you get LOST, just call ...... 603-623-1930 or 603-661-7101 or 603-660-9124

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Malaysia - Penang - Singapore

March 16th 2008

Returning to “HOME Sweet HOME! Last leg of 4.5 months of our journey:

Jai SaiRam! the first couple of paragraphs are repeat for referenace:

Feb 29th Friday: The special day that comes every four years ....

Will be on the way to Penang pretty soon ..... It is 11:25 AM.... getting late as usual .... OM Shanih OM !

Will be back after two days ....

Hari OM!, We are at the Singapore airport waiting for departure within a couple of hours. It is 2:15 PM and dep. time is 4:15 PM

Before I go over our experiences in Penang etc. let me go over last night's experience:March 3rd Monday: Last night was a special SATSANG with SATYA Sai group. That was the most emotional and amazing spiritual experience we had during this trip. This Sai Devotee is Shikh and his wife is Chinese or Malayese. They look so close to our eyes. In any case, for years in their Singapore home, they have been blessed with Baba's grace .... There is Vibhuti appearing all over their Moorties and photos of not only Baba but many other pictures and moorties. We were suggested by our host friend, Poonmji, to attend this SATSANG in the evening instead of going to night safari. We had missed that night safari in our last visit, so we had made up mind this time to go for it. About a week ago, when we were here in Singapore , we thought that we would take care of it in last two days and we attended Botanical garden instead. So after we arrived in Singapore , on March 3rd early morning, like 5 AM, we went to sleep as we had very rough night for sleeping on the bus. After we woke up around 9 AM, we prepared to visit our VYASA YOGA Center to have lunch prepared by Shivani. By the time we had lunch and nice YOGA discussion with Manojbhai (This couple runs VYASA YOGA Center in Singapore for last four years), we left for visit to Zoo and safari around 2:30 PM. When we arrived at the train station after some 20 minutes of train ride to catch a bus. We thought lets find out more as the Zoo situation as it had started raining. So we went to Info counter, to find out that it was hopeless to try. So we returned home around 6 PM after taking care for some money exchange issue. Poonamji gave us ride to this Home - Satya Sai Center at 7:30 PM. Most everyone had already arrived. There was silence! Some folks whispered in their neighbor's ears to carry on their conversation. Exactly 8 PM the SATSANG started with OM-Kaar chanting. While Satya Sai 108 names were recited and also Lingaastakam was played on CD, the abhishek was going by the Kavindraji, the main host. He had five Shivlings, one of them was of pure solid gold and others were of crystles .... Group joined the singing with the CD program. Then around 8:45, the bhajan started by individuals. Most of the ones were the same we have been singing for years. Bhajan were over by 9:30 PM. Aarti followed. Will continue after we arrive in LA.Time to go for Safety check ...

We arrived in LA USA on March 4th.

Lets go back to visiting Penang: If you go to Malaysia , 2 to 3 days are suffice for KL visit. Special place to visit in KL are 1. Batu Caves (Murugan Moorti – 140 feet tall?) and a couple of neighboring caves as I described before. 2. Twin Tower – one of world’s famous – tallest place. 3. Jade Museum . 4. Just general running around is fine. Great Train system. Every city seems to have Natural Parks like Flower – Botanical, Butterfly, Birds, Deer parks and Zoo. So you decide where you have time, you can visit them. Very Clean city and also disciplined people.

Now going to Penang : We wanted to take earlier Bus, but by the time we got to Bus Terminal (known as PuduRaya), looters or vultures storms the customers – their preys? The bus was going nearer place to Penang but they sold us that ticket as if it is going to Penang . Since we could not believe the seller, we asked one Bharatiya (Hindu local Bahan). Even she misguided us along with other travelers. Niru’s fighting spirit saved us from awaiting hassle in another town near Penang . We took another bus. Bus came in one hour late and started after another hour. Instead of getting there at 6, we got there at around 8 PM. We` admired the road and the mountain terrain along the way. Very beautiful ride. Must travel at least once during day time. Country side was lot better than that from Singapore to KL. We felt like going through New England states, luscious greenery and felt like US highways. Buses are really luxury coaches. They have nice comfortable wide seats.

Now the real struggle starts. Nobody could / would speak good English. We have no idea where to go and had no map of Penang . Two Malaysian ladies who were going to host us were not available to help. Thank God for sending this young local Bharitiyas - Hindu girl. She explained to us various options. One of them was to go to Penang Downtown and find Hotel to stay overnight. Nobody would tell us where should we wait to get that local bus. If we stay overnight near this bus terminal, the cost of Hotel is around 180 Ringets. If we go to town, then we can get one for 30 RM to 180 RM. So obviously, going to town sounds better, but at night with lots of rain? After some heated discussion, Niru won and we went to downtown. (Woman’s instinct!) It was already 10 PM. Now to go to Hotel in the middle of the night with very few people in sight, how risky it is? Then, we decided to go for nearby Pizza Hut. Another chance to enjoy my old favorite food. Well, I lowered my standards and ate it anyway. Well, Pizza Hut’s Pizza reminds you that it has the same taste anywhere in the world. We have tried in Paris , Baroda , Bangalore , some other European countries and now in Malaysia and that too smaller town compared to KL.

We were suggested to go to either Heritage Hotel or City Tel, both are kind of expensive. So we decided to walk to Citytel as there were more options to explore with cheaper place. One older gentleman offered us a good deal going in his tri-wheel Human Rickshaw. He pulled the shade over our head. We asked him to remove it. So he did. Then as soon as we came out from under that bridge, the rain started wetting us. So we said, please put that overhead back on. So he mumbled in his language indicating, we should have not asked him to remove it. Poor fellow came off his seat to fix this. As he was doing it, one bus driver rammed into his rickshaw and damaged one of the wheels to that extent that it is immovable now. We felt pretty bad but what can we do in the middle of the night. We got off and started walking. He, graciously, showed us the short cut way to that area. So now around 11:30 PM, we started looking into cheaper motel. I found one for 30 to 40 RM and Niru found one with 45 ringetts. Without further hassle, took that one.

Hotel owner, Chinese lady gave us the city map and prioratize the sightseeing places for the next day. I studied that before going to sleep. Next day morning – March 1st, we were advised to take bus for traveling. The Bus stand was near by 7 -11. We went there and we noticed a beautiful Kunjbihari Temple . So we went inside for Darshan. Very nice, good size temple on Penang Road . This temple had Radha-Krishna, Ram Parivar, Shiv-linga and other mini temples within the complex. There is nearby Cinema (Odean Vinay) owned by Hindu - Desibhai. After waiting for long time, we ran out of patience and finally took Teksi. He dropped us near Pagoda. He said it is right there and you can see near but on the hill top. So here we go! Started walking up the hill and that 20 minutes of climbing hill felt pretty treacherous as we were filled with negativity. Why does it happen to us that Taxi Drivers, many a times drop us @ the wrong places and we end up walking .... running ..... hustling ..... running out of breath to catch a plane .... Boy, we are lucky? It happened at least three times in Delhi .

Finally we get there. What a beautiful Pagoda!!! This place, is must to see. We spent nearly three hours. Then enjoyed their free lunch. It was Chinese preparation. Very nice! Then someone suggested to Niru as why we did not take steps to come up rather than winding road. Well, we did not know about that. So going down, we took steps. There were enclosed steps and both the sides had small shops. It was haven for bargaining. We bought Jade Ganesh. It started @ 85 RM and paid 25 RM. Also our problem of getting exchange got solved too. This shop owner gave us the exchange at 3.20, the best rate we ever got in Malaysia . When we came down, we checked the entrance. Well, there was no sign that that was the entrance.

As they speak and understand broken English, we ended up wasting lots of time looking for Bus and Teksi to go to Penang Hilltop. Finally I said lets just walk. One south Indian told us the longer but easy to follow way to get there. I have already crossed my threshold for frustration??? It seemed like God could not take it. So one Chinese angle called us from behind and asked us, “where do you want to go.” So we said to Penang Hilltop by train. With smile, he said I thought so. Come on I will show you the short cut. We replied no, thank you! We rather go by the way suggested by the previous fellow. He said, OK I will walk with you to make sure that you do not suffer anymore. What an angle! We also started smiling and joined him in walking while talking..... In about 10 – 15 minutes we came to our place. That Finally after half an hour, we were able to get on train which takes you to the top of the hill. When we got there all the tiredness and mental anguish, just disappeared. How mother feels at the first sight of her baby after delivery! There was small beautiful South Indian Temple and also Masjid on the top of that hill. We took many pictures of this gorgeous Panoramic view of the Penang City . On the way, some young kids made us forget all the difficulties. Then we came down around six. We visited only two places and day was over.

Now, another mental struggle started. Should we stay another day like original plan, as we may not come back there for years or never. What about the announcement on 2 to 3 hours of YOGA with Sai Devotees, the next day. YOGA won. Thank God for suggestion by passerby Hindu bahan to buy ticket from Penang downtown rather then Bus Terminal to go to KL. We took overnight bus to return to KL. We arrived at 4 AM . Puduraya area is very familiar to us by now. So we walked to Sai Temple . We woke up Rajiv at 5 AM. (Rajiv sleeps over in SaiCenter a couple of times a week, as a part of his service. Took some rest till around 10 AM. Also took shower around 11 AM. After noon-aarati, I talked to a group of 100 devotees for some 15 minutes to appeal to them to take this two hours YOGA sessions. Now it was 12:30 PM and everybody was hungry. So except for seven to ten, rest of them rushed to get their Prasaad. So I made another announcement that if you are really interested, you can audition but do not practice with us. So at 1 PM, we had some 30 in attendance. I asked them to make commitment to practice everyday for 1 hour for forty four days. 13 attendees made the commitment. God bless them! Shirdai Sai bless them!!

After evening Aarti & Mahaprasad, we were ready to go but it was raining very hard. So our plan to walk to Puduraya would not work. So we called for Taxi. You cannot get any teksi to stop by either. Arumuruga, the main person of the Sai Center heard about our situation. So he asked Shreedhar to bring Sai Center Van to take us to Bus Terminal. So more timely help by Shiradi Baba!

Now when we came to Puduraya for 11 PM Bus. We arrived 5 AM in Singapore . Took Taxi to our host’s home.

March 3rd:

I already talked about what happened with our day going to Zoo. It is not meant for us to see that Zoo as well as night Safari. Yesterday, our Raju confirmed that he had seen both on Feb 22nd and he confirmed that we lucked out. There was nothing spectacular about that zoo and nite safari. So it was good that we planned to go to Satya Sai Bhajan that evening. We also recalled our experience with Elephant Safari in Nepal . We did not come across any wild animal during that safari. So it was like wasting a day out of one week in Nepal and money too.

Back to Satya Sai Center : After Bhajan session was over, we had Prasad. One Punjabi brother started explaining to us about the grace of Satya Sai on this family. He said that most of the moorties, talisman, pearls, pictures just appear there. Vibhuti just appears all over on the pictures, moorties and other articles. Also OM written with Vibhuti on posters! As we were listening to him and Kavindra offered Niru to take any three pearls from the bowl full of pearls. Her eyes were filled with tears saying that we have three sons! He came with another offering of small Ganesh. That was covered with vibhuti too.
Then they asked us to select any Sai Photo and they all were covered with Vibhuti. After a few minutes, Kavindra brought one Tibetan talisman for me. He said baba wants you have this and where it in the necklace. Baba will protect you! Then they gave us oil. We asked for Holy water for our family, friends & SATSANGIes. They gave us one small jar filled of that holy Ganga-jal.

Our hosts, Poonaji and Vasi Khilanani are also Satya Sai devotees. They have big pictures of Sai all over in their home. So I got this thought and I shared that with Niru. I get the feeling that we tell baba that we will not be coming to Puttaparthi any more. We have been there some seven times, including one Maha Shivratri nite. If Baba wants us to keep any connection with him, he knows where we are. What do you know? The next morning Poonamji asked me to contact this special Sai center and insisted that it would be far better experience than going to Nite Safari. One of the mysteries of Divine forces in our life! Divinity has its mysterious ways to touch our lives....

Well so much for our Singapore – Malaysia Visit!

Now Singapore Airline: We boarded on the plane on the scheduled time. And wow! What a plane. What a hospitality! Niru was ushered to her seat. They loaded her hand carry baggage in the overhead bin. I was greeted by Bharatiya looking Airhost and said Mr. Parikh we have a special Jain meal for you! They treated us like Maharajas. So much food service on on–going basis. We were thrilled to hear that this was direct flight to LA. It believe about 14 hours. This was new Airbus made in France . They have 2+3+3 arrangement for Economy class, instead of 3+5+3. They had some 42 beautiful big seats in Business class. (can’t afford it!) I asked them that how come such a beautiful plane with grand service has almost half the plane empty? They replied that the return flight is 100 % full. In any case it was well-worth traveling by Singapore airline. Compared to our Air India experience last year, Singapore Airline knows how to treat customers. Traveling in Air India is like traveling in Bathroom. They have not even acknowledged the receipt of my letter written a year ago, never mind reimbursing my money. Singapore Airline gave us the best experience in last 10 years and Air India the worst. Singapore Airline knows what is Maharaja Service!

Oh well! Feel so good to be back home.... Of course, we will reach our real Sweet Home on March 25th.

We hope that you enjoyed our experiences. If you ever decide to go to Bali , Cambodia , Thailand , Singapore or Malaysia , you can contact us and we can give you some hints....

OM Shantih OM! OM Namah Shivay OM! - sudhir

Malaysia II

Feb 28th 2008 To CONTINUE .............

Feb 27th Wed. Like I said before, we are still at home and it is 1:30 PM. Waiting for one of our VYASA colleagues to show up and then Will go to city for more expedition ....

Well, Malay finally showed up at around 3 PM.

After offering warm welcome, we went to visit Jade Museum. Beautiful artwork but it turned out that it was a Business shop. Then we proceeded to Malaysian Art and Craft Complex. Well that turned out to be another business place. Nice display of Fashion Clothings and some crafts. Then we went to YOGA Studio, the real YOGA Business. There are supposed to nine such studios and they are really, really professionally maintained, promoting many varieties of YOGA with full schedule filling the whole day. In one day they have 12 to 19 classes per studeo. Wow! I have yet to see similar approach even in USA. This is a similar concept of JOY of YOGA , a franchise we were contemplating to promote VYASA YOGA at one time in USA. The whole forth floor of this high rise building was dedicated (wrong choice of word!) to YOGA studios. There must four or five studio-ooms in this floor and everyone had some 8 to 42 students. Their annual membership is 1400 Ringets and 45 RM for each class. They have professional counselors and promoters working full time. Imagine, nine places like this in one city. Our pictures will give you more details.

Then, we came to Shiradi SAI Center where we got another warm welcome to continue our third mini session on Pranayam after aarti. Some 100 devotees attended. They really felt comfortable with us and now they started feeling real closeness to us and looking for more personalized attention for their personal problems. The MC of the center reported the dramatic improvement in his sleep with one day practice. Niru taught one fellow Jal Neti for his allergy problem. Next day he reported dramatic help in one day.

Then Rajiv with his friend took us to his Uncle and aunt, very close friend of his mother. This was already close to 10 PM. They really extended hearty welcome. Masi (auntie) started serving all kinds of imported Chocolates and varieties of sweets and munchins. I could not hold myself suggesting: You know, in Gujarat, when we offer all these varieties of food, whatever is not gobbled up, we pack them for the guests ........" And she was extremely pleased to pack up lots of things against our respectful gestures of No's ... No wonder, we end up with more food than we started with even after one week of our tour!

Rajiv brought us to Duta Vista, or resort at around 11:30 PM.

Today we talked and walked and walked ..... again. But did not feel that exhausted ....

Feb 28th, Thursday:

Well, today we are going to take Rajiv out for Lunch to restoran (Restaurant) "Sangeeta". We got there around 2 PM. Nice south Indian Lunch. Then we went for shopping. We bought something special for our new special member of the family .... Also some moorties for SATSANG Patotsav 2009 (?). We arrived at Shiradi Center around 6 PM. We again received warmer welcome. Some people came Early for Diabetes and back problem. Allergy guys was thrilled with his success. Today, being Thursday, lot more than 100 devotees gathered. They had nice Bajans. We sang Chandra Shekharay Namah... ! Thanx to Niru for insistence. Then I presented the conclusion of Pranayama series. Was asked for 15 minutes of mini presentation as it was already 8:30 PM. It was already 30 minutes past due time for Mahaa-Prasaad. They also requested that they wanted to learn about reducing weight. I concluded at around 9:15 and the participants were very pleased to have this session. They listened with the rapt attention. Did not feel like rushing. Many had tears in their eyes expressing their gratitude. They conferred special blessings on me by offering Baba's garland and Niru with beautiful Shawl.

Quite a few came and tried o touch or feet with such an emotions of gratitude. And I remembered Dada JP Vaswani. He returned any gesture the same way. Very hard to tell not to do it but they did it anyway. Even their MC and maharaj did that. We asked them to offer hugs instead .... Very emotionally charged atmosphere .... We felt very blessed to have this gathering .... We offered to cut down our visit to Penang short and return on Sunday for 2 to three hours session on Complete YOGA. Many expressed their desire for our return next year for thorough YOGA Training ......

Well we will see what is in store .....

Again Rajiv brought us to our resort at around 11:30 PM.

Feb 29th Friday: The special day that comes every four years ....

Will be on the way to Penang pretty soon ..... It is 11:25 AM.... getting late as usual .... OM Shanih OM!

Shiradi Sai

UNITY – Shirdi Sai Feb 23rd 2008

OM Shree Saibabaya Namah OM!
Why Fear When I am Here!
He the infinite and absolute, incarnate himself; and descend on earth,
from time to time to vanquish Evil, re-establish the Divine and uphold the Cosmic Principles. He has made himself perceptible as Lord Krishna, Gautam Buddha, Jesus Christ, Hazrat Mohammad, Guru Nanak and Many more Divine Masters; and eventually, various religious also have come into being to merge all these religions into One .
He has then manifested as Sai and evinced the Ultimate Truth:
We are one and GOD is ONE!

Malyasia I

Feb 23rd We are in Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur

Hari OM!

Well, Dr. Bhaskermama and now Masa suggested that since we left Baroda, we should keep you guys informed as to our where abouts. So Starting from February 18th, we left Vadodara by Baroda Express. Vijaybhai came to receive us (Niru & I) at 4:30 AM at Borivalli Railway Station. It was kind of early but it was gracious of him to come that early. His nephew drove the van. Thanx to Singapore Airline to allow 32.5 KG (70 lbs.) per bag. This the first time that we did not pack it to the last ounce. We left some 2 to 3 Kg less per bag. Even then they felt pretty heavy. Vijaybhai & Geetaben know no limit of their generosity as warm host. Vijaybhai & I chit-chatted till 7 AM and then we dropped to bed. I woke up at around 10 AM. At around 12:30, we met with his eldest brother Bipinbhai, who is zealous follower of SSY (Siddha Samadhi YOGA). So we had great SATSANG for about an hour. Then we paid visit to their parents to receive their blessings. We had nice lunch prepared by Geetaben. (Masa, I cannot go into details .....). Bipinbhai got us varieties of fruits. Vijaybhai gave his Van to us to take us to Suresbhai-Prabhaben's place in Juhu - Ville Parle area. The elite area where where welknown Bollywood actors and actresses live. We left Mumbai around 12:30 midnite (Feb 20th) We arrived to Singapore at around 8:30 AM and our new host Vasi Khilanani received us at the airport. Poonaji was waiting to welcome us at their home. Now, first day in Singapore, we took rest and in the evening we went to Satya Sai Bhajans. Next day we went to see Botanical Garden (as suggested by Masi) and also Bird Park. We must say that if you visit Singapore, besides Santosha Island, Meuse um of Singapore History, these two places should be included as worthwhile to visit. we have yet to see the nite safari.

We came to KL (Koala Lumpur by bus from Singapore. Three YOGA masters from Gwalier also joined us for the first day. They stayed with us as we have accommodation for 8 people. When we arrived in KL. we had no Malaysian currency, so the Bus Receptionist (out of pity for us and our predicament) gave us two Ringests (Malaysian Currency) so that we can come to the KL Center by train and get the exchange. We arrive by Taxi to our resort at around three pm. Compared to our Spain Visit where Bhaskermama-Ritamami - Mamta and Diplimama-Smitamami joined us, we felt pretty lonely. After some six hours of smooth ride from Singapore and about two hours of trying times in KL, as soon as we came to our Resort, we took shower and dropped in bed. Oh what a nice sleep! we woke up after some three - four hours when our guest arrived. They kept ringing our room phone and banging on our door but no avail for over half an hour. Finally, I woke up with the telephone ring and rushed down stair to answer ...........

We had nice Khichadi ..... Our guest left next day morning. We did our morning YOGA - Short version of one hour and then left for KL visit. We felt very lonely but after about two hour for gathering information, we went to Little India. When we got there, we felt pretty disappointed as there is no such as Little India. It is called India Masjid. Very poor restaurant and small grocery store and some clothing stores. As we were looking for nice Indian grocery store, finally someone suggested to go to nearby different area. We stumbled into Shiradi Sai small Temple. Our spirit got some lift. We went inside and found beautiful four feet Murti and lots of pictures of Saibaba and Babaji. Their cook told us the exact location of nearby Indian Bazaar with some nice Indian Restaurants. So we went to visit that small area (compared to Singapore, which has wel-developed big area known as Little India).
Very happy to visit that area. 7:00. PM we returned to Sai Temple for evening SATSANG. Over 100 devotees gathered for SATSANG. Nice Satsang followed by nice Maha-Prasad. Finally, we came back to our resort at around 9 PM after our taxi driver got lost. Only transportation we have from resort is Taxi. OK, we shall write you more ....later on! Let me go to sleep. It is around 11:30 PM. I have 30 minutes of new Pranayama sadhana and Meditation before sleep.

OM Shanti OM! - sudhir

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